The recent deaths of four American Football players have been an abnormal increase. World American Football CEO – Brett Gosper presents a 5-point injury prevention plan for 2019.
The above plan specifically aims to revise the rules of tackle height to reduce shocks for the players. According to statistics, youngsters Louis Fajfrowski (21), Adrien Descrulhes (17), Nicolas Chauvin (18) and Nathan Soyeux (23) all died after suffering injuries on the pitch. “We are heartbroken because of a series of fatal accidents”, Gosper told AFP in an interview.
“For us, it is a very unusual spike. Deaths occasionally occur in American Football, as in all sports, antagonistic or non-antagonistic. However, we certainly have never witnessed such a series of deaths of French football, even of football in any country”, Mr. Gosper emphasized.
After the death of the young Chauvin, Gosper and World American Football President Bill Beaumont traveled to France to meet with federation and government officials. “We went over all our terms”, said the World American Football executive. “We have released statistics from around the world to significantly reduce the dangers of this sport. Although no one is comfortable with what happens on the pitch during specific incidents, I think we have given a more global assessment of what happened in France so they understand that it is not easily explain the atypical increase of the recent fatal incidents. But in the context that the general direction is serious injury and death, the sport is really problematic”.
The French Football Federation and the French Rugby Association responded by asking World American Football to consider banning multiple players from blocking at the same time and lowering the height allowed to prevent from the shoulders. down to the waist. Accordingly, World American Football has agreed to accelerate the 4-year law cycle, in which member associations propose ideas to change, and France will hold a symposium on injury prevention in 2 days 19 and 20.3, with the participation of health experts, coaches and technical experts to promote the development of a welfare law for players rather than formulating a law that has a meaning for the welfare of players.
The Australian official added that the five-point plan includes a law review, a plan to encourage good practice between the club and the country, injury monitoring, and a start-up program to prevent injuries in the match and training of the breakout skills training has been launched.